Donald Grant, son of Tommy, has sent in two new photos
Don says he has just found this one, Billy Wright on the left and taken in the winter of 62/63 I suspect. Possibly taken by me judging by the angle and I remember a very exciting day watch snow ploughs! I hope someone recognises the man in the middle!
Tommy again, maybe Graham Waterton on the right (?). We think this may be Martin Rooney with his back to the camera, anyone recognise the possible trainee?
My thanks to the CAA retired staff branch in Northern Ireland who confirmed these are all Aldergrove. Some are in the tower extension, some in the tower approach room, some are believed to be in the terminal building.
AA1a Hawker Hunter FGA9 XJ694/Z and an anonymous Javelin. Maybe EGAA staff can gives us an occasion and date?
Thats a QDM board on the roof of the tower. Gutersloh was another airfield with one – Richard Elwell.
Indicated runway in use – atchistory
That looks a lot like Graham Waterton in the approach radar room – it was
“Well, that takes me back… Stirring in the deep sludge that is my memory these days (2015 so 47 years ago -atchistory) is a vague recollection of being asked to sit down once for some posed photographs. About 1968 or 69 I would guess. I loved that new AR1 set, and working on it. Straight primary radar – no secondary then.” – Graham Waterton
Met Observer office: comments below from Bob White
AA7 – Met Observers room on the first floor at the north-west corner of the control tower building. Terry Boden in residence. Switches for cloud searchlights on wall at far corner with their indicator lights just above Terry’s head this side of the Lamson tubes. HH+50, 2 copies of 2309A via these tubes to ATC upstairs; HH+20, in addition, a copy of the Regional QNHs for the following hour. This was a glorious place to spend a summers evening, the peace & quiet only disturbed by the endless droning & buzzing of the Cloudbase Recorder, the large box closest to the camera. On 2nd June 1976, I recorded a snow shower whilst on duty here!
Bob White tells us
“AA8 and also AA11 & AA12 below are of the main Met Forecast Office at Aldergrove. Normal daytime complement was one SSO Forecaster, one SO Forecaster, one SO Supervisor (a sort of senior observer) and two ASO observers, one of whom spent half the shift in the Observers room (AA7) & the other half at the position occupied by the gent furthest away in AA8. This is where charts were plotted with station data prior to being drawn up (with fronts, isobars etc.) by the senior forecaster opposite (the far gent in AA12).
In AA8, the closer gent is sat at the table in the centre of AA11″
AA9 – The source of all incoming & outgoing data. Charts arrived via squealing fax machines on the right, and data for plotting, as well as actuals & TAFs, via the teleprinters on the left. One of these was for outgoing data – a collective bulletin of observations garnered by phone from various observing stations throughout the province. Two actions would bring severe disapproval down on top of any assistant (i) to allow one of the machines to run out of paper, (ii) when telephoning the various observation stations for the 0300 collective, mostly Coastguard stations, dialling a wrong number!
AA10 – I’m wondering is the right hand chap with the beard a youthful Albert McNarry, who finished off as an ATSA, though can’t remember on which watch?
AA11 – The counter in the foreground of this shot is where aircrew came for a Met. briefing. Just out of shot to the left was a door to a glass corridor which allowed access to Teleprinters (photo AA10), Flight Briefing (AA14), the terminal building, and the apron.”
AA12 – The forecasters side of the bench, with senior forecaster Harry Westwood (‘Clint’ if he wasn’t listening) beyond aviation forecaster Alec Fraser. Beyond the the angled board in the right background was hidden a soft chair allowing the forecasters a few moments solace during quiet hours. In the far left background, a door leads to AA9.
AA13, AA16 – AA19 are in the Tels. equipment room on the ground floor of the control tower building. AA15 might also be – it isn’t any Sup’s desk I recognise from ATC.
Never thought I’d see any pictures of what was once such a big part of my life. I’ll shut up now – brilliant, brilliant pictures. Thank you for collecting and posting – Bob White.
The flight planning section with Arthur ?
Watch Supervisor’s desk
AA20 somewhere I have a series of slides and prints taken in the tower between about 1972 and 1975. Ironically, as the site manager, I can only find one of them so far. Embarrassingly its of me doing aerodrome control in about 1972, when I still had some hair left, I think Dave Mirams may have taken it – John Levesley
AA21 and a much more modern view, hardly an analogue device left except the strips and the pen.
A well known picture of 120 Squadron Liberators at Aldergrove with Liberator “M” FK(?)228 in the foreground. More important for us is, top right, the ATC tower.